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Fashionista University: Learn to Design

My wonderful designer friends, Kathlin and Courtney, are offering an amazing opportunity for girls looking to learn about everything fashion! Their Fashionista University is the chance for any young lady to learn the ropes about being the next big fashion designer. Since I have a big mouth (and I love them), I am sharing this opportunity with the world! If you know someone who is in or around NYC, this is a fabulous chance….

Have you dreamed of being a part of the Fabulous World of Fashion?

Fashionista Universtiy is for anyone who wants to be a future fashionista!

Go beyond Project Runway and the latest issue ofTeen Vogue to the heart of the Garment District in NYC and experience fashion in the real world! Fashionista University is the first program of its kind to offer a new type of “hands on” fashion experience that offers a multitude of programs and classes taught by real live fashion experts including nationally known Fashion Designers Kathlin Argiro and Courtney Zellmer and Public Relations Guru Gwen Wunderlich!
The program is offered to junior high through college-aged students – leaving no Fashionista behind. This is an opportunity unlike any other that will help students lay the foundation for their futures. With unforgettable experiences – only made possible by industry insiders – students will learn things that they never imagined possible from the BEST in the business. Students will emerge from these classes with a sense of confidence that will give them the edge they need to make it in uber-competitive world of Fashion.
A GREAT GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!
Sign-up starting now at
www.fashionistauniversity.com or call 212-268-8774.
Sat., Jan. 16th-March 6th 11am-2pm Fashion Design 101 Session
Sat., Jan. 16th- March 6th 2:30pm-5:30pm PR Prep101 Session
REGISTRATION: $600 a session (or $500 each if signed up for both)

Each Session limited to 25 students- Supplies Extra Registration Ending Jan. 8th, 2010
***Please note no class on Feb. 13th, 2010 due to President’s Day

FASHION DESIGN 101: Hosted by designers Kathlin Argiro and Courtney Zellmer (www.kathlinargiro.com) founders of Kathlin Argiro a womens special occassion company since 1997. Learn first-hand what it takes to design a collection from start to finish, from getting inspired to sketching a fashion model, students will learning about fabrics and how to use them, merchandising and styling a collection, and presenting it. The designers will even give you the inside scoop on where designers go for all their fashion finds!! Get ready for Glamour, Glitz and Red Carpet Couture.

PR PREP 101: Hosted by Gwen Wunderlich of Wunderlich Inc.(www.wunderlichinc.com) can help you begin your journey here! Her expertise, based upon her years of experience working in Public Relations and even starting her own public relations company from the ground up, will give you an inside look into how to become an “it” publicist-where celebrities not only want you, but they need you! Gwen’s class will be focused on the necessity of being connected-where you can meet the needs of your client, and often times, go above and beyond.

Help Me Pick My New Headshot!!!!

  • by Amy Salinger
  • December 15th, 2009
  • My Style

I was lucky enough to work with Amy Fletcher last week and have some new headshots taken. Since I have had my “long hair” (I fully admit they are extensions) for a year now, I think it is about time! I walk into auditions and hand them a headshot with my chopped ‘do and they always look thoroughly confused. Usually they have already seen my website and web series and my hair is completely different in everything you look at! The greatest part is I am about to make my hair shoulder length after the new year…..:) As a final note, I know that some of these look very similar, but the differences are enough that I need your help!!!


PHOTO ONE: I am so accessible, stylish and fun:)




PHOTO TWO: Ah, this is my sexy look and mischievous look. Is it working?:)




PHOTO THREE: I am a bit more business up front, yet there has to be a party following me in the back……



PHOTO FOUR: A proper headshot, I am sweet (at least I appear to be:) and “the girl next door”.

PHOTO FIVE: Another “sexy” shot, I little bit of cleavage never hurt anyone’s chances. My only fear is I kind of look like I have a pole up my tush.

Hanukah Party Fashion Show!

I love going to my friend’s Michael and Red’s annual Hanukkah party. While everyone is busy throwing Christmas or holiday soirees, Michael and Red just go straight for Hanukkah Harry and whip up some FABULOUS latkes (that is potato pancake for those of you that don’t speak Hanukkah).

In addition to knowing how to throw a lovely cocktail party, Michael and Red are also some of my most fantastically fashionable friends. This comes along with having other fantastically fashionable friends. All of this combined means that we ended up having a fashion show while we ate large quantities of latkes and drank champagne. As Adam Sandler says, “8 crazy nights!”. Well, our fashion show Hanukah party was a good example.

For those of you that are unfamiliar, this is a latke. It is fried heaven. Literally you fry up shredded potatoes into yummy pancakes. Adding applesauce or sour cream is the most traditional way to eat it. I added a side of lox (smoked salmon) just to make it extra Jewish:)


Michael and Red even went all out and had Pixie sticks and Dr. Brown’s soda! This is a big deal to me. Pixie sticks are a happy memory from childhood and are not just hanging around at any old store. They had to search for these. I think it was worth the struggle. And Dr. Brown’s is a staple of any Jewish deli. The funny part is you really cannot find this brand anywhere else. If you have never tried it, today is your lucky day because I am introducing it to you! Try the cream soda, you will just die.


Now back to the fashion show…. How much do you love this picture? This is Red’s best photo shoot pose… I think she has a new career in her future:) This is the top of a vintage suit that she picked up. We all loved it so much because it reminded us of what was cool back when we had our respective bar/bat-mitzvahs. This is around 12 or 13 and represents you becoming an adult. So much Jewish knowledge for you today! The point is that all of us had our lovely bar and bat-mitzvahs in the early 90′s and this is exactly what was cool. Lots of big puffy shoulders. Oy, you should see my crazy bat-mitzvah dress. The best part is that this is cool again. I love it.




I know I look kind of scary in this picture, but the sweater is to die for. Rachel started pulling out her Bubby’s (grandma’s) vintage clothing and we all went nuts. This is her cardigan with pink motif’s. It is grandma chic.



This is Dom, one of our other fabulous friends. I was in love with her ruffled green dress and earthy necklace (a gift from Rachel). She topped it all off with her Chanel boots and brown tights. Who knew earthy chic could work so well at a Hanukah party?!?

The finale of the night’s fashion show was this awesome holiday sweater. She was suppose to be going to an “Ugly Christmas sweater” party following our Hanukkah party, but the recession proof side of her would not actually buy an ugly sweater. Instead, she purchased a cute vintage sweater at a thrift store and added her own version of ugly. Jingle bells strategically placed on her nipples. Classic.

Overall, Michael and Red’s Hanukah party fashion show was a smashing success! I always knew I looked forward to this time of year for a reason…..

Fur: A Faux Pas or Just Awesome!

This is awesome. Is this chick serious? Seriously foxy. Get it, get it… Foxy!!! I am so funny. Alright, enough “adult” humor (as in cheesy), let’s get down to business. This is insane and I am not quite sure what set of eyes to look at. Even if you live in Alaska this is not cool. I mean, it is cold, but you do not need to actually WEAR the animal! No matter whether you love or hate fur, we should ALL hate this.

In actuality, I do love fur. Sorry PETA. I know it is wrong and mean, but it looks so damn good and feels so damn warm! Why be good when being bad literally feels so great! There are levels of fur that are unacceptable (example at left), but using fur as an accessory is perfectly acceptable and looks very stylish. Think hats, scarves, earmuffs… You get the idea.

All of these girls are doing it, so why not become part of the “cool” crowd? I can hear PETA tearing me a new one right now…. I am half kidding, save the animals! Or wear them stylishly…. Your choice:) I do love this ode to Russian chic with a big fur hat. Clearly you have to be very secure in your style to pull off something like this. Either you rock this in the backwoods because you are so freakin’ cold it doesn’t matter what you wear or you pair it with a very chic and fashionable outfit and look like you just walked off a runway. Again, your choice. I am not making judgments here:) (Yea, right).




You could also be the girl next door who just wants a little spice for her winter look. Choose earmuffs, they are fun and you are not draping yourself in animal. Look at how happy this model is in her fun fur earmuffs and wrap scarf? You too can be this happy:)

Then, of course, there is always up-town chic… Never to be messed with! Fur can simply be the most fabulous thing on the planet when done right! The stylist’s over at Harper’s Bazzar proved this perfectly with these completely expensive ensembles topped off with Jackie O inspired fab. I want to be them. Ok, maybe just for an afternoon… All of that sophistication and class would mess with my crazy and loud personality. The cracks would start to show very quickly… You can dress up the girl, but you can’t take her out… for long:)

Photo courtesy of Alaskakraft.com
Photo courtesy of Furgirldir.com
Photo courtesy of Macys.com
Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

Dana-Maxx Charity Event

  • by Amy Salinger
  • December 10th, 2009
  • My Style

Yesterday evening I did my mitzvah (good deed) for the holiday season. I worked, as a fabulous stylist, at a charity event benefiting the Women’s Funding Network. See, I am not only a fashionable young lady, but I am going to heaven for my good work as well:) These are definitely two positives I have working for me, we will discuss my negatives at another time….

Along with several other fashionable stylists, I was there to chat it up with attendees and make sure they picked the right pieces from the Dana-Maxx collection. If you were about to question the name tags, that last sentence should have answered you:) Dana-Maxx (yes, that is her real name. Awesome.) is the designer who hosted the event. Decked out in a blue dress of her own design, she too is going to heaven for her good deeds and fashionable choices. We are taking a mini-van together and inviting all other fashionable and charitable ladies to join:)

So back to the event, there was a team of hair and make-up people making each and every model fabulous. Don’t they look fabulous?:) For the first half of the event, the models were walking amongst the guests showing off the Dana-Maxx collection. Next up was a runway show with her holiday pieces.

The lovely hostesses of the party, Jordan and Megan from Non-Society.com, were as comfortable on a microphone as I am! That is saying a lot… The girls MC’ed the fashion show and showed off different Dana-Maxx looks. They had double duty as models and hostesses!

All in all it was a fun evening and we helped to raise money for a good cause. Come one, come all and join me in my stylish minivan up to heaven…